Cyclonic storm Nari, the 11 th of its kind to hit Vietnam this year, killed at least four people and left five others missing in the central region, the National Committee for Search and Rescue has reported.

The storm, which hit land on October 15, also injured 69 people in Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri and Nghe An provinces and Da Nang city, as waters rose and houses and trees were pulled down.

The tropical storm, packing maximum winds of 102 kph, sunk 41 ships in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, destroyed over 16,300 houses, unroofed 110 schools and damaged 662 ha rice and farming land in the region.

The armed forces mobilised over 8,700 soldiers and volunteers to help local residents keep safe during the storm.

Due to the incredibly strong winds, a whirlwind killed two and injured 22 people in Quang Trach district in the central province of Quang Binh on the early morning of October 16.-VNA